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As our nonprofits, partners, and community members strive to support those in need, we are working with them to support the Ypsilanti area. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis, YACF is mobilizing grant funding and cross-sector conversations in support of our community, in partnership with AAACF.

Community Responses

  • Our team is in daily contact with family and youth-serving nonprofits in the County, particularly those serving the Ypsilanti community.
  • YACF is supplying grant funds that help the school district in the areas of food security, learning tools (technology, internet access, classroom supplies for the home), family basic needs, and mental health support.
  • YACF is funding the Washtenaw County Public Health Department to provide resources to the Health Equity Community Voice groups that are lifting up community-generated responses to the crisis.
  • The Community Foundation is providing support for food access, health services, and COVID-19 testing in the Ypsilanti area.
  • AAACF’s Youth Council recently made a direct grant to the Washtenaw Alliance for Children and Youth, which is working with multiple youth agencies in Ypsilanti to procure and distribute household items (toilet paper, cleaning supplies, personal hygiene, diapers, baby formula).
  • The Community Foundation has launched a Short-Term Cash Flow Loan Program, as a complement to our grantmaking and community conversations.

Data-Driven Responses

The Community Foundation has been tracking national data showing ongoing health disparities and the disproportionate impact of the coronavirus on communities of color. Despite the deep strength and resiliency of all our communities in Washtenaw County, these national health disparities are reflected locally. We are examining emerging local data, such as the United Way’s 211 call data and the Washtenaw County Health Department statistics that track COVID-19 cases by both race and zip code, so that we can make well-informed decisions to maximize the impact of our grants as we move forward.

We also value qualitative data from various networks in our community. For several years, we have been developing what we term “community voice initiatives” — asking people in communities about their aspirations and challenges — and using that data to shape our grantmaking. We're now activating these same networks to identify immediate and direct community-driven solutions during this crisis.

For more on the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation's response across Washtenaw County, please read our Updates and FAQs

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